I generally hate the Olympics but it does sometimes generate curious and interesting side events. Turin, which is hosting the winer Olympics, is hosting the the first electronic Town-Meeting in Italy. In “Young words happening” (great title by the way) young (under 35) people from all over the world will engage in three days of dialogue on key issues of access to information, economic development, and cultural integration. The programme contains some highly questionable definitions of ‘development’ which alone are worth taking part in order to argue with. The technical platform for this elaborate exercise includes a 200 computer wi-fi net and participatory tools used in the debate about the reconstruction of Ground Zero in New York. It is organised by which is organised by Avventura Urbana (Urban Adventure) If you are interested in taking part you can sign up until Friday the 18th (it starts on the 22nd).